The 5 most popular recipes of 2014

The 5 most popular recipes of 2014

Top 5 Recipes of 2014 | Emily Levenson

The statistical gods have spoken, and these 5 recipes were the most visited of 2014. The best part? Not a single one was posted in 2014.

I’m not sure if I should be worried or proud.

  1. Simple Udon Noodles
    There is something so satisfying about udon noodles. Maybe it’s their doughy deliciouness. Or the salty perfection of the soy sauce. But they have been a household favorite since I first made them back in 2013. If you haven’t tried them yet, you probably should.
  2. Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette
    This quick and flavorful vinaigrette has gotten the most pins on Pinterest out of any recipe I’ve ever posted. And I have absolutely no idea why. I mean, it’s delicious. Don’t get me wrong. I just had no idea that other people thought it was that good.
  3. Gluten Free Protein Bars
    I’m convinced that if you put the word “protein” in front of just about anything it will become a runaway hit. Kind of like “skinny” or “healthy”. For the record, I called them protein bars because I used quinoa and sunflower seed butter.
  4. Sun Butter Bars
    Apparently 2014 was the year of the bar. For me, and for everyone else. I guess I got tired of eating granola. These were quick and easy, super tasty, and were a huge hit with the gals from the Propelle Mastermind.
  5. Flourless Brownies
    Also known as Black Bean Brownies, these bad boys are a sneaky treat that is sure to please just about anyone. The Hubster likes them, and he kind of hates chocolate.

So, there you have it.

Was your favorite recipe on the list? I’d love to know what were you making on a regular basis in 2014.

Pinteresting Things

Pinteresting Things

Pinteresting Recipes

The past few weeks have seen a smattering of new recipes showing up on the menu. I have to say, they have all been quite delicious, making me even more excited to go down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest.

The Hubster has even been getting in on the recipe hunting fun, and is the reason that Buffalo Falafel are in my life. It’s a good thing we’re already married, because that’s the sort of thing that would make me want to marry him on the spot.

We’ve made 3 out of the 5 recipes on this list, so can honestly say that they are delicious. The other two are on the menu for this week. Y-U-M.

  1. Vegetable Pakoras via Easy Indian Recipes
    I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Indian food. I’ve often found the spices to be a bit full on for me, or the things I would enjoy are made with yogurt. I’m not really sure why I suddenly wanted these, but alas, I did. And holy crap were they good. Since that inaugural attempt, we’ve had them several times since, and adding in different veggie combinations for a bit of fun.
  2. Buffalo Falafel via Thug Kitchen
    I’m pretty sure y’all are going to revoke my foodie card when I admit this, but this is the first recipe I’ve made from Thug Kitchen. I mean, I’ve known about them and followed them for yearssss, but never wanted to make anything. What the fuck is wrong with me (sorry, channeling my inner Thug)?! I seriously think this is my favorite food on the planet right now. I didn’t want to stop eating them. Do yourself a favor and make them, pronto. (For my nightshade sensitive friends, I am SO SORRY.)
  3. Thai Beef, Vegetable, and Basil Stir-Fry via Fuss Free Cooking
    The Hubster has been on a Thai Beef kick as of late. The first variation we tried was with ground beef. It was good, just not a huge fan of the whole ground beef texture with the flavors. So we went on the hunt for a different recipe, and found this one. If you’re into beef, this is delicious. I’m sure it would be equally as tasty with chicken.  Or tempeh, if you’re into that kind of thing.
  4. Sriracha Ramen Noodle Soup via Baker by Nature
    We’ve been on a sriracha kick since our initial foray into Thai Beef. I’m pretty sure I was just about to try sriracha when I was first diagnosed with a nightshade sensitivity. Five years later, I got to try it for the first time. Now, I want to cook it in everything. This ramen noodle soup was no exception. Can’t wait to try this one out!
  5. Apple Pie Bread via Pip & Ebby
    And because no Pinterest exploration is complete without at least one dessert tickling your fancy, I had to include this apple pie bread. Looks delicious, right?

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Pinteresting Things, The Pumpkin Edition

Pinteresting Things, The Pumpkin Edition

Interesting pumpkin related things on pinterest

It’s getting colder outside, which means Pinterest has been inundated with pumpkin-themed recipes as of late. I’m certainly not complaining. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve added each and every single one of these to our menu for the week.

I mean, if you’re going to do it, you should really do it.

I am also testing out a few dairy-free desserts for Thanksgiving (shhh, don’t tell my SIL).

  1. Flourless Pumpkin Pie Muffins via Running with Spoons
    These muffins are reminiscent of my favorite flourless peanut butter chocolate chip muffins from Averie Cooks. It stands to reason that since those are so amazing, that these would be spectacular. I’m super excited to give them a try.
  2. Pumpkin Brownies via Real Food. Real Deals.
    Can I get a HELL YEAH for these bad boys. I mean, seriously. Brownies. With pumpkin. Brownies. and pumpkin. Together. I’m going to have to summon all the restraint I have to not eat the entire pan in one sitting. Which means I’ll likely eat them in two. Heh.
  3. Pumpkin Truffles via My Whole Food Life
    These are like the fall version of buckeyes (chocolate and peanut butter). I’m not sure what I’m more excited about, that these bad boys are dairy-free or that they look super easy to make. Either way, they will be made. And they will be devoured.
  4. Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding via Free People
    I’m apparently super enamored by chia puddings. And this one looks like a tasty fall treat. It looks creamy and filling. And without any processed anything, would make for a super healthy breakfast.
  5. Maple Pecan Pumpkin Granola via Fit Foodie Finds
    Maple pecan granola has long been a favorite of mine. It was the very first granola I tried my hand at. And one that I continue to come back to over and over again. When I stumbled upon this recipe, my mind was kind of blown. Who would have thought to add in pumpkin?! Clearly, someone did. And I can’t wait to try it out.

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